Best workouts to grow your shoulders

Best workouts to grow your shoulders

To effectively grow your shoulders, you'll want to incorporate a variety of exercises that target all three heads of the deltoids: anterior (front), medial (middle), and posterior (rear). Here are some of the best shoulder exercises:

1. **Overhead Shoulder Press**: This is a classic shoulder exercise that targets all three deltoid heads. You can do this exercise with a barbell, dumbbells, or a shoulder press machine.

2. **Lateral Raises**: Lateral raises primarily target the medial deltoid head. Use dumbbells and raise them laterally until your arms are parallel to the ground.

3. **Front Raises**: Front raises focus on the anterior deltoids. Use dumbbells or a barbell and lift the weight in front of you until your arms are parallel to the ground.

4. **Rear Delt Flyes**: These target the rear deltoids. You can perform them on a pec deck machine, using cables, or with dumbbells while bent over.

5. **Arnold Press**: Named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, this exercise combines a shoulder press with rotation, hitting all three deltoid heads effectively.

6. **Upright Rows**: Upright rows target the lateral deltoids along with the traps. You can do them with a barbell, dumbbells, or a cable machine.

7. **Shrugs**: While primarily targeting the trapezius muscles, shrugs also work the upper part of the shoulders. Use dumbbells, a barbell, or a shrug machine.

8. **Push Press**: This is a compound exercise that combines a leg drive with an overhead press, engaging the shoulders along with the legs and core.

Remember to vary your rep ranges and incorporate progressive overload by gradually increasing the weight you lift over time. Additionally, ensure proper form to prevent injury and maximize effectiveness. It's also crucial to give your muscles time to recover between workouts, so don't train shoulders too frequently. Aim for 1-2 shoulder workouts per week with at least 48 hours of rest in between.
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